96 Ford Escort engine died...


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Old 07-31-06, 02:54 PM
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96 Ford Escort engine died...

My daily driver dided. A 96 Ford Escort with the 1.9L four banger and autumatic tranny. About 50K miles on it.
Here is what happened. I was comming home and it started running rough wanting to die out. Also it had a loud knocking sound. It ran a little while in the drive way then stopped. It wakes forever cranking it over for it to start and then it only does for a few seconds. Not long enought to see where the knocking is comming from. I replaced the timing belt thinking it may have jumped a tooth but the old one was still in tact and the timing was good. Since I had the belt and already tore into it I replaced the belt. I restarted it and same thing..long craking and loud knocking and no matter how much I try with the gas pedal it dies after a few seconds running...

I really want to fix it becouse it was great on gas and it is paid off. And it was not driven hard and was maintained pretty well and the a/c blew VERY COooLLDD
 
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Old 07-31-06, 06:02 PM
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This sounds fatal.

Is this a one or two owner car? I am wondering about the oil history of this car? Have YOU ever neglected the oil to where you like ran out? My dad did that once and his Mazda 4-banger locked right up on the road and I had to rebuild the top half as the cam welded to the bearings.

You might want to pull all the plugs and the coil wire and crank it and listen to how it sounds.

I know one way of isolating a bad rod bearing is to pull one plug wire at a time, while the engine is running, and when you remove the plug wire to the cylinder whose rod bearing is gone, the knock goes away because it is no longer under the forces of the explosion.

But you say you can't keep yours going long enough and I am sitting here thinking how you can isolate what cylinder it is. Hmmm.

Well, you might try to start the car on 3 cylinders, trying it 4 times...each time pulling one different plug wire.
 
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Old 07-31-06, 07:17 PM
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escort, deep six?

96Escort,

i have had three of these of these cars and loved the use of them,
but after 40-50 thousand miles, they need, no, demand that the
timing belt be changed. what sounds to me is, that the belt stretched and the valves popped the top of the piston which bent the valves so they cannot do the work that they are supposed to do (seat,open correctly,etc). in other words, unless you are a person that likes to tear into an engine, it's a take to the shop type of deal. tell us how far you want to get into this before we
wear our fingers out suggesting ways to fix it.

barry
 
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Old 07-31-06, 07:30 PM
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Don't think that's an interference, aka valve-bender, engine brent. Could have maybe sucked a valve or maybe broke a spark plug piece off that's adrift in a cylinder. Like daveboy, I fear the worst. I think it's probably "pro" time.
 
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Old 07-31-06, 08:15 PM
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my 96 escort floated a valve due to bad timing,tapped the piston head, went to heck, but i didn't try to crank it up so as not to create anymore damage(creating a hole in the top of the piston). hauled it in to my back yard, re-did all of the valves(hey, i was there why not?) checked the top end of the piston(the one that got puked on, seems the valve caught the damage), since it was all taken apart, i had the thing machined and ported. got a few more hp out of it, that was several years ago, and the lastime i saw that car it was still going strong. and i, like you, tow-guy and
davey boy, unless this individual has the ability to do this, it should be left to the shops/pros

barry
 
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doubt it is timing belt related or valvetrain related have changed a bunch of them that broken while driving never really had any that had bent the valves on the 1.9.
does the balancer look ok as they sometimes come apart causing a knocking noise but suspect that it may be something more serious.
 
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By a compression tester for $30 and check the compression instead of worring about valves.
 
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Those belts won't hurt nothin if they break
That thing "threw a rod"
It's fatal
 
 

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